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How to Treat Your Child’s Infectious Disease

How to Treat Your Child’s Infectious Disease

Last updated on April 11th, 2018 at 11:41 amChickenpox Incubation period: One to three weeks Infectious period: The most infectious time is one to two days before the rash appears, but it continues to be infectious until all the blisters have crusted over. Symptoms Chickenpox is a mild infectious disease that most children catch at some time. It starts with feeling unwell, a rash and, usually, a... 

Why Your Newborn Should Have a Blood Screening Test

Why Your Newborn Should Have a Blood Screening Test

Last updated on April 26th, 2018 at 03:42 pm Every baby is offered newborn blood spot screening, also known as the heel prick test, ideally when they’re 5 days old. Newborn blood spot screening involves taking a blood sample to find out if your baby has one of 9 rare but serious health conditions. Most babies won’t have any of these conditions but, for the few who do, the benefits of screening... 

What is Strep and How Can it Affect Your Family?

What is Strep and How Can it Affect Your Family?

Last updated on April 11th, 2018 at 11:46 amStreptococcal infections are any type of infection caused by the streptococcus (“strep”) group of bacteria.  There are many different types of Streptococci bacteria, and infections vary in severity from mild throat infections to life-threatening infections of the blood or organs. Most streptococcal infections can be treated with antibiotics. Streptococci... 

Struggling With Depression After Childbirth? You are not Alone

Struggling With Depression After Childbirth? You are not Alone

Last updated on March 19th, 2018 at 06:03 pm The baby blues During the first week after childbirth, many women get what’s often called the ‘baby blues’. Women can feel down or depressed at a time when they expect they should feel happy at having a baby to look after. ‘Baby blues’ are probably due to the sudden hormonal and chemical changes that take place in your body after childbirth. Symptoms... 

How To Care For Babies And Children With Diarrhea And Vomiting

How To Care For Babies And Children With Diarrhea And Vomiting

Last updated on March 19th, 2018 at 06:06 pm Diarrhoea and vomiting is common in young children. Also known as a stomach or tummy bug, it’s usually caused by an infection. Most babies and toddlers who have diarrhoea and vomiting don’t need treatment and you can safely look after them at home, but it’s important to look out for signs of dehydration. Babies and toddlers can become... 

Video: Should I Worry About my Child’s Walking Issues?

Video: Should I Worry About my Child’s Walking Issues?

Last updated on May 3rd, 2018 at 05:38 pmRuth, a health visitor (*specialized nurse) discusses parental concerns about childhood walking issues, when you should contact your GP (*physician) and the normal stages of learning to walk. Editor’s Note: Video Highlights  What is the normal way children start to walk? Children begin to walk with their feet turned out. Children begin by waddling. It...